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Virtue and the Constitution of the United States
Journal Articles
  • John M. Finnis, Notre Dame Law School
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2001
Publication Information
69 Fordham L. Rev. 1595 (2001)
Abstract
In this Article, Finnis reflects on the following five questions: (1) Does the Constitution require or presuppose, or thwart or even forbid, a formative project of government inculcating in citizens the civic virtue necessary to promote and sustain a good society?; (2) To what extent can the institutions of civil society support or even supplant government in inculcating civic virtue?; (3) What is the content of the civic virtue that should be inculcated in circumstances of moral disagreement, and how does it relate to traditional moral virtue?; (4) Does it include respect for and appreciation of diversity?; (5) Should a formative project include cultivating attitudes that are critical of practices that deny liberty and equality?.
Citation Information
John M. Finnis. "Virtue and the Constitution of the United States" (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_finnis/81/